Sound Alliance and Vocal Union from Brigham Young University-Idaho will perform in Nampa at the Skyview High School Auditorium on April 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm as part of their spring tour through Montana, Idaho and Washington.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $5/person or $20/family. Sound Alliance and Vocal Union combine together to create an instrumental and vocal concert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. The groups present a multi-faceted program with both ensembles interwoven to perform inspiring vocal and instrumental jazz selections. Sound Alliance, with its 17 band musicians, and Vocal Union, with 12 singers, will perform a variety of popular, big band and classic jazz tunes. The goal of both performing groups is to uplift audiences through quality music that inspires, entertains and leaves one feeling good. The upbeat nature of their program will appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Mark Watkins and Nori Brower, faculty members of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music. Watkins received his doctorate from Indiana University and is the director of jazz studies at BYU-Idaho. Mrs. Brower received a bachelor of music education in choral and general music from Utah State University, and a bachelor of Spanish education from BYU-Idaho. In addition to Vocal Union, she teaches music theory and ear training courses.
Watkins and Brower agree that their favorite part about conducting these groups is the opportunity to work with the students.
“They are absolutely wonderful people that work hard at what they do with excellent results. These students produce beautiful, high quality music that can be appreciated by any audience,” Watkins said. BYU-Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho, and serves more than 20,000 students from all 50 states and 40 countries. BYU-Idaho was founded as a church academy in 1888 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.